The government has confirmed that they intend to introduce legislation which will enable them to monitor the telephone calls, e-mails, texts and Internet useage of everyone in the UK. Internet service providers (ISP) will be required to pass information on to the governments monitoring service, GCHQ and to do so in real time. TheOpinionSite.org can also report that the police and other ‘law enforcement agencies’ will not require a warrant to discover with whom you have been communicating, for how long, how often and by what means. Nor will they need a warrant to investigate which websites you have been visiting and how often you visit them.
The new law is likely to be announced in the forthcoming Queen’s Speech but the government’s intentions have until now been kept firmly under wraps in the hope that, given other pressing concerns, nobody would notice what it was up to.
It is also almost certain that the weak Human Rights Act will not protect you or me from the invasive srutiny intended by the government, which is claiming the measures are necessary in order to protect others.
The previous Labour government also tried to introduce similar legislation but it was blocked by the very same Conservative and Liberal MPs that are now part of the coalition government intending to introduce the ‘spy’ legislation.
The government claims the measures are necessary in order to fight crime and to “protect the public” but TheOpinionSite.org raises the question as to why, if this legislation is so important, it was not introduced previously and why current ministers blocked its introduction by the previous Labour government.
Whereas previous measures have been directed towards known criminals, terrorist suspects, sex offenders and spies, the government now intends to target you, me and everyone else. In other words, nobody is now safe from the intentions of a government that clearly wishes to take over and control every aspect of life for every individual within the UK.
The proposed introduction of this “Big Brother” legislation would undoubtedly mean the end of privacy as we know it. Combined with facial recognition CCTV, biometrics in passports and other documents, retina scans at airports and electronic tagging of all journeys made out of or into the UK, no aspect of our lives will ever again be free from government scrutiny and interference.
Once again, the government is citing “public protection” as its excuse for introducing this Draconian and authoritarian legislation. It is precisely the same argument used in Iran and in China and indeed, the technology that will be used by the British government in order to achieve its Orwellian aims operates on exactly the same principle as that in countries heavily criticised by the UK.
This means that hypocritical British politicians, harsh critics of both the Iranians and Chinese governments with regard to human rights abuses and invasions of privacy, will be just as guilty as those that they criticise in those foreign jurisdictions.
The reality is that once the legislation is in place, everyone in the UK will have all their contacts monitored by the government, whether they be children or adults, criminals or law abiding citizens.
In a statement, the Home Office said action was needed to “maintain the continued availability of communications data as technology changes”.
“It is vital that police and security services are able to obtain communications data in certain circumstances to investigate serious crime and terrorism and to protect the public,” a spokesman said.
“As set out in the Strategic Defence and Security Review we will legislate as soon as parliamentary time allows to ensure that the use of communications data is compatible with the government’s approach to civil liberties.”
It is clear now what is meant by “the government’s approach to civil liberties.”. The government obviously believes that we should not have any.
Nick Pickles, director of the Big Brother Watch campaign group said, This is an absolute attack on privacy online and it is far from clear this will actually improve public safety, while adding significant costs to internet businesses,” he said.
“If this was such a serious security issue why has the Home Office not ensured these powers were in place before the Olympics?”
TheOpinionSite.org, with all due respect to Mr. Pickles, believes that this move by the government is much more than an attack on online privacy. It is in fact a blatant attempt to control the lives of everyone in the UK and, if possible, even beyond Britain’s shores.
The government is well aware that civil unrest is more likely than not to break out towards the end of this year and throughout next, given cutbacks to public services, rising prices, diminishing wage packets and higher taxes. It is desperate to maintain control over the British population and David Cameron has clearly taken the decision to take whatever action is necessary in order to enable the government to limit the activities of any particular individual considered by the government to be a ‘troublemaker’.
The previous Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith did in fact pursue similar aims and objectives in an attempt to give the previous Labour government more control over the minutiae of people’s lives but failed in her attempt as the legislation was blocked by Conservative and Liberal MPs.
Now, in a complete reversal, demonstrating a sheep like mentality, those same MPs are prepared to sell-out on the last remaining elements of privacy and individuality in a bid to increase their own power over others, safe in the knowledge that their communications and use of the Internet are unlikely to be monitored in the same way as that of ordinary members of the public.
The clear objective of Cameron’s government is to silence anyone or any organisation that at a later date may try to stand up against injustice and corruption within the government. The very fact that these new powers are being given to the police, rather than being reserved exclusively to the security services, demonstrates the fact that the police have now become a kind of “state police” rather than fulfilling their original objective of policing “by consent”.
The British are already the most spied upon nation in the world, even more so than the Americans. There are more CCTV cameras in Britain than in the whole of the rest of the EU put together and we have the tightest controls on movements in and out of the country, limits on social interaction and more criminal legislation than any other European country.
British people have, in the view of TheOpinionSite.org, stupidly and with supreme complacency allowed successive administrations to take away more and more civil liberties and have been content to sleepwalk their way into a police controlled state masquerading under the illusion of a democracy.
British citizens have lost the ability to think for themselves, stand up for themselves or to make decisions for themselves. Instead, they are content to allow their various governments to make as many decisions as possible and thus relieve themselves as individuals of any responsibility should anything go wrong with their lives.
The population of the UK still believe that they live in a free society when, in fact, they live in the most politically controlled environment in Europe. Not only has Britain become a slave of America but now the British are becoming slaves of their own government and seem content to allow that situation to continue and to further evolve.
Some will inevitably say,” if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” Nothing could be further from the truth and those who proclaim such a doctrine are either fools or cowards.
Freedom is the most precious commodity in the life of any individual and it is in the nature of governments to wants to take that freedom away from people in order that they can be controlled by the state. It makes no difference whatsoever whether you have something to hide or not; what is important is the fact that what little freedom the British people have left will now be taken away from them altogether and for all time.
History shows that once a government has a specific power, it will never relinquish that power. History also shows that once a nation is subjugated, it remains so until dramatic circumstances force a change. The sad truth now is that if the British people allow this or any other government to proceed with such intrusive legislation as is being put forward by Cameron, whether they like it or not and whether or not they have anything to hide, their freedom will be lost for good and it certainly will not be recoverable within our lifetime.
TheOpinionSite.org hope that the people of Britain will take the time to consider the implications of allowing the government to introduce this draconian and authoritarian legislation so loved by despots and dictators. We also hope that individuals will speak to their MP and to make their views known through the so called ‘democratic process’, though how much success such a strategy will have against a government apparently so intent on seizing as much power as possible is open to question.
In view of all the above therefore, perhaps it is not surprising that police forces across the country have announced new building projects to create more custody suites where dissenters from the norm can be held before appearing in front of magistrates who will inevitably cave in to the status quo and consign any remaining free-thinking individuals to prison.
It is a fact that all countries who have had an Empire eventually, when the empire is lost, turn on their own people. Such instances can be seen throughout history and in all countries of the world that have ever achieved empirical status. Now, it seems that the current government is going the same way as its predecessor and, having once controlled the world, is steadfast in its intent to control the lives of its own people to a degree never before seen in what is still rather absurdly called “Great” Britain.
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